Scotland’s women will take the field for the first time since September 2019 on Sunday as they start a four-game T20I series against Ireland in Belfast.
The matches will be the first for Mark Coles who took over as full-time Head Coach in April giving him his first opportunity to see his team face international opopsition.
“It’s great to get the whole group together,” said the former Pakistan coach. “We want to win, but I think just playing international cricket again is something that we’re all really looking forward to.”
Ahead of their stint in The Hundred, sisters Kathryn and Sarah Bryce join the team in Belfast.
“It’s good to have Kathryn and Sarah with us, but we’ve got depth in the squad with a mix or youth and experience and we know the whole squad will buy into this and use the opportunity to showcase their skills. They’ve worked hard in training recently, we’ve seen plenty of improvement so this is about getting out there and executing our skills.
“It’s an exciting time and I’m looking forward to seeing them get out there and performing,” added Coles.
Kathryn Bryce will lead the side at Stormont Cricket Club and she’s excited to be back with the squad having mostly had contact through Zoom with her team mates over the last 12 months.
“It’s our first internaitonal game since September 2019. We’ve had a tough winter, so it’s great to be back and with a new coach. Everyone is raring to go and keen to play some international cricket,” said the Loughborough Lightning all-rounder.
Cricket Scotland and Cricket Ireland have been working hard behind the scenes for several months to make a series happen between the two teams. Mostly recently, an attempt to play on neutral ground in Spain in March was thwarted at the last minute by an extension of Covid-19 travel restrictions. Both teams are adhering to strict Covid protocols around the matches which will be played on May 23rd, 24th, 26th and 27th.
All of the matches will be streamed live on the Cricket Ireland YouTube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/CricketIrelandLive
Scotland Women’s squad to face Ireland
Kathryn Bryce (Captain)
Sarah Bryce (Vice Captain)